Particular characteristic: The Hayloft, Cumrew, Eden Valley, Cumbria, UK

Our newest journey was to the Eden Valley on the japanese facet of Cumbria. While many guests to the county head for the Lake District, areas which are peripheral to the UK’s latest UNESCO World Heritage Web site are sometimes neglected. Those that enterprise additional afield than the confines of the Nationwide Park are rewarded with some hidden gems away from the vacationer crowds.

We stayed in a stunning self-catering property within the sleepy village of Cumrew, simply 7 miles from Brampton, accessible by way of Sally’s Cottages. The Hayloft lies within the grounds of Cumrew Home, a Grade II Georgian manor home that sits in opposition to a backdrop of Cardunneth Pike, residence to a managed grouse moor and a part of the North Pennines, designated as an Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence (AONB).

Many of the lodging (aside from a floor ground porch and utility room) is on the primary ground. Right here there’s lengthy, open plan kitchen, eating and residing house, with the bedrooms past, all with beautiful, lengthy beams giving the house a lot of character.

Though we selected to eat out largely, the kitchen is absolutely outfitted with all the standard modcons so there are ample services and utensils to rustle up your individual dishes must you select.

There was a stunning welcome tray to greet us, full with freshly-baked scones.

On the different finish of the room is a lounge by which to chill out, full with woodburner (surplus to our necessities throughout a record-breaking Summer season, however little question very cosy for Winter breaks).

On one facet, The Hayloft seems out over the doorway to the property and, on the opposite, an enclosed lawned space.

There’s additionally a walled backyard throughout the grounds the place you possibly can wander and stretch your legs.

A hall past the principle residing house takes you to 2 en suite bedrooms – one twin and, on the far finish, a big double.

WiFi works properly all through the property, though is a bit of weaker by the point you attain the double bed room on the far finish (that’s not a foul factor!!). While this ethereal property sleeps 4 folks, there’s a additional double en suite retreat for an extra two folks accessible throughout the courtyard if required.

The Hayloft can also be canine pleasant so it was good to have the ability to take our Springer spaniel, George, with us. You might be simply politely requested that they aren’t allowed into the bedrooms which is completely comprehensible.

Exterior there’s a tennis courtroom – an sudden further – and rackets and balls are kindly supplied.

It will have been straightforward to have spent all our time simply enjoyable on the property, however we do prefer to get out and about, exploring the native space. Considered one of our first visits was to Little Salkeld Watermill, specialist millers and producers of natural and biodynamic flours. In addition to the mill, there’s a beautiful little tearoom well-known for its scrumptious baking, utilizing natural and native elements, plus a small store.

From right here you are able to do a round stroll of round four or 5 miles, taking in Lacy’s Caves, the River Eden and Lengthy Meg and Her Daughters. The previous lie simply to the north of Little Salkeld and consist of 5 chambers carved within the 18th Century out of the pink standstone cliffs that lie alongside the River Eden.

No one is sort of positive why they had been made however they had been commissioned by Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Lacy of Salkeld Corridor and apparently he used them for entertaining friends.

The stroll is value it for the views alone however there are a number of factors of curiosity additionally.

Considered one of these is the Lengthy Meg Stone Circle – additionally known as Lengthy Meg and Her Daughters – which Lacy is alleged to have as soon as tried to explode in order that the sector may very well be ploughed.

Fortunately for us right now his males had been thwarted by a thunderstorm who noticed the storm as some type of omen, and the plan was deserted. The circle initially consisted of 70 stones, however right now solely 59 stay (of which solely 27 are standing). Depend them at your peril, nevertheless, as legend has it that the stones are a petrified coven of witches – in case you rely them and get the identical quantity twice, they’ll come again to life!

Lengthy Meg is the most important of the stones and lies simply exterior the principle circle, standing at 12 toes and weighing in at 9 tons.

Look rigorously on the particulars of the stone and also you’ll discover numerous intricate carvings – cups, rings, grooves, spirals and concentric circles.

On one other day, we visited Hadrian’s Wall Nation. Lanercost Priory stands near the wall and is properly value a go to. Managed by English Heritage, it was based within the 12th Century however, attributable to its geographic place, suffered frequent assaults throughout the lengthy Anglo-Scottish wars, together with as soon as by Robert the Bruce himself.

In addition to with the ability to go to the Priory and its grounds, there’s a Hadrian’s Wall Customer Data Centre on web site, and a tearooms (together with a canine pleasant part known as Bark & Brew).

We additionally ventured over the border into Northumberland and to Walltown Crags, the place Hadrian’s Wall takes benefit of the pure panorama for further fortification.

It’s arguably among the best locations to actually take within the wall as you get to see it snaking alongside for fairly a while, all set inside a dramatic panorama. This space has additionally been designated a Darkish Sky Discovery Web site.

Though we largely ate out (there are many nation pubs inside a brief drive of The Hayloft), one night we known as on the Cranston’s Meals Manufacturing facility in Brampton and purchased an ‘straightforward meal’ that we may prepare dinner again on the property. With its moot corridor at its centre, Brampton is a small market city to the east of Carlisle, granted its Market Constitution in 1252 by King Henry III.

One other place of curiosity, and actually near Cumrew and Brampton, is Talkin Tarn. It’s a 165 acre web site with a glacial tarn at its centre.

A brief stroll on a well-marked path takes you across the tarn, which is fed by underground streams, and amongst historical woodlands.

There’s additionally the Boathouse Tearoom on web site and a hive of different exercise on the web site within the type of out of doors theatre performances, mannequin boat golf equipment and alternatives to sail, windsurf or canoe.

Most of our actions concerned us being open air, partly as a result of the climate was so superb but in addition as a result of we had our canine with us. We discovered an important little stroll at Miltonrigg Woods – cool and shady, so splendid within the circumstances, with clearly-marked paths and one or two indicators telling you concerning the woodland. I used to be significantly to learn concerning the wooden’s affiliation with York Minster. As a baby, I bear in mind happening a college journey to York Minster and staying at a good friend’s home that night time. Think about our shock the following morning when my good friend’s Mum woke us each as much as inform us that the very place we had simply visited the day earlier than had been tragically struck by lightning in a single day and a fireplace had damaged out. This was again in July of 1984 and apparently the oaks at Miltonrigg Woods had been key to the following re-build of York Minster’s roof.

On our remaining day we returned residence by way of Eamont Bridge, residence to a Neolithic earthwork henge courting from about 2,000 BC. It was a lot later considered King Arthur’s jousting area and have become referred to as King Arthur’s Spherical Desk. It’s one among a pair of henges in Eamont Bridge, together with close by Mayburgh Henge.

We additionally known as at Lowther Fort and Gardens – an space masking some 130 acres. This household seat of the Earls of Lonsdale is residence to fortress ruins, gardens, woodlands and numerous different gems. The present fortress is the third residence at this location and was constructed on the flip of the 19th century however deserted within the 1950s. A casual partnership between the Northwest Improvement Company, English Heritage, Cumbria Imaginative and prescient and the Royal Horticultural Society began simply over a decade in the past has since sought to regenerate the positioning.

We had a take a look at the exhibition – which on the time of our go to fortuitously included an oil portray of Lowther by William Turner – earlier than exploring the grounds. The grounds at Lowther are intensive with lots to see and do for younger and previous alike. There’s a enjoyable journey playground for the youngsters, and an important view to be loved by the adults from the western terrace close by (hey, the youngsters would possibly even take pleasure in it, too, in case you can peel them away from the playground!).

There are additionally quite a few Summer season homes dotted about and, in case you’re fortunate, you would possibly see the occasional pink squirrel (we did). One other spotlight is the backyard throughout the fortress ruins, pictured beneath. Lowther is properly value a go to if you end up within the space, or certainly in case you simply occur to be passing on the M6 motorway and want to interrupt up your journey and stretch your legs. It’s canine pleasant, too.

Our remaining cease was at Haweswater as we had been to see how a lot of Mardale was exhibiting after a chronic interval of scorching climate.

Mardale Inexperienced is a village that was deliberately flooded again within the 1930s to make a reservoir.

When the reservoir dries up, components of the village start to emerge from their watery grave. Have a look at the {photograph} beneath and you may see some parallel wall markings (a highway maybe?) beneath the water on the appropriate hand facet which are nonetheless but to emerge.

Some buildings are identifiable and, if the water drops sufficiently, Chapel Bridge might emerge additionally.

As you possibly can see, there are such a lot of factors of curiosity within the space, and now we have solely touched on a couple of of them right here. Whether or not it’s quiet leisure you crave, otherwise you desire to be ‘up and about’ exploring, The Hayloft definitely provides an important base from which to take pleasure in each, however with out being deluged by the vacationer crowds of the central Lakes.

Disclosure: Our keep was organised by way of Sally’s Cottages. Sally’s Cottages is an award-winning native household run vacation cottage letting company in Keswick with over 470 self-catering vacation cottages within the Lake District and Cumbria.